I visited the ER and the dr says that my calcium level was just too high the highest he has ever seen . He said almost double the amount it should be. I take atorvastatin calcium. I am just wondering if this maybe causing it.
Hypercalcemia is too much calcium in the blood.
Causes of Hypercalcemia
Calcium is important to many body functions, including:
Nerve and brain function
Parathyroid hormone (PTH) and vitamin D help manage calcium balance in the body. PTH is made by the parathyroid glands -- four small glands located in the neck behind the thyroid gland. Vitamin D is obtained when the skin is exposed to sunlight, and from dietary sources such as:
Fortified dairy products
Primary hyperparathyroidism is the most common cause of hypercalcemia. It is due to excess PTH release by the parathyroid glands. This excess occurs due to an enlargement of one or more of the parathyroid glands, or a growth (usually not cancer) on one of the glands.
Other medical conditions can also cause hypercalcemia:
Adrenal gland failure
An inherited condition that affects the body's ability to regulate calcium (familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia)
Being bedbound (or not being able to move) for a long period of time
Calcium excess in the diet (called milk-alkali syndrome, usually due to at least 2,000 milligrams of calcium per day)
Medications such as lithium and thiazide diuretics (water pills)
Some cancerous tumors (for example, lung cancers, breast cancer)
Vitamin D excess (hypervitaminosis D) from diet or inflammatory diseases
Hypercalcemia affects less than 1 percent of the population. The ability to measure blood calcium since the 1960s has improved detection. Today, the condition is diagnosed at an early stage so most patients with hypercalcemia have no symptoms.
Women over age 50 are most likely to have hypercalcemia, usually due to primary hyperparathyroidism.
Treatment of Hypercalcemia
Treatment is aimed at the cause of hypercalcemia whenever possible. In people with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), surgery may be needed to remove the abnormal parathyroid gland and cure the hypercalcemia.
However, if the hypercalcemia is mild, your health care provider will offer you the option of monitoring your condition closely over time.
Severe hypercalcemia that causes symptoms and requires a hospital stay is treated with the following:
Diuretic medication, such as furosemide
Drugs that stop bone breakdown and absorption by the body, such as pamidronate or etidronate (bisphosphonates)
Fluids through a vein (intravenous fluids)
- Atorvastatin Information for Consumers
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